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Direct hit by foul ball leaves reporter near tears

- June 4th, 2014
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Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval calling his shot? Maybe, maybe not. (AFP Photo)

 

Plenty of people out in the real world think journalists, particularly those who cover sports, have a pretty cushy gig.

Well, let me tell ya, sometimes we deserve hazard pay. This job can be downright dangerous on occasion.

Right, Mark Sheldon?

Sheldon, the Cincinnati Reds beat writer for MLB.com, had a close encounter with a foul ball Wednesday while minding his own business in the press box. Fortunately, Sheldon was able to dodge the foul by San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval  — an investigation revealed it was NOT intentional, despite what you may think — but he lost a close friend in the horrifying incident.

Sadly, Sheldon’s laptop, with prose he likely sweated and bled over (yes, we reporters have to stick together), didn’t survive the direct hit by Sandoval’s foul. ‘Twas rendered useless (no need to clarify I’m talking about the laptop, not Sheldon), leaving Sheldon to fret and fuss.

Hey, you think this is FUNNY? Check out the reaction from Sheldon — he took off his glasses and walked away, clearly in pain from losing his beloved laptop so suddenly — and the others around him. This was not a joking matter, my friends.

With any luck, MLB will quickly issue Sheldon a replacement, all the better to help him deal emotionally with the senseless tragedy.

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